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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/18/13
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

$35 Fiction $1,000 12/1/12
Pushcart Press
Editors’ Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/12
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Submit a story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Literal Latte
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Lattéis given for a short story. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/13
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